Magnolias

Magnolias

Deciduous and evergreen large shrubs or feature size trees, many with nicely scented flowers in spring and summer. We have a great modern selection from around the world, including many new yellows which flower slightly later than the pinks and whites, and can avoid the frosts.

Magnolias prefer full sun, cool roots and shelter from strong winds. Plant in enriched soil, deeply worked, free draining, moisture retentive neutral to slightly acidic. After planting, feed with a good ericaceous fertilizer and mulch well. Apply slow release fertilizer every spring whilst the plant is establishing.

Magnolias were amongst the first plants on Earth to reproduce using flowers pollinated by insects. They are native to America and Asia, but not Europe. The Magnolia was named by Linnaeus in commemoration of Pierre Magnol, who was Louis XIV's doctor and a professor of Botany. Magnolia grandiflora was introduced into Britain from America in 1734. The first Magnolias from China arrived around 1780, and proved much hardier than those from America.

NEW: Just added some cracking new varieties, especially late flowering yellows, from renowned breeders such as August Kehr in Carolina, and Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium. Being new and grafted, they do cost a bit more, and the 3 litre size are about 60-90cm tall.

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Magnolia Banana Split
Magnolia Banana Split
NEW. Green pointed buds open to yellow-cream flowers up to 25cm long, with a purple stained midrib. May flowering. An excellent selection made by Philippe de Spoelberch, from a plant raised by August Kehr. (M. brooklynensis 'Woodsman' x M. 'Lennei') x M. 'Elizabeth'. Vigorous upright habit. Height about 4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Blue Opal
Magnolia Blue Opal
An extraordinary colour! Flower buds are green, later tinged slate blue, opening to yellow flowers, with mixture of white and green. Very hardy, and eventually forms a big plant. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£59.95

Magnolia Copeland Court
Magnolia Copeland Court
Large deep clear pink flowers, shaded crimson on the outside, and paler on the inside, flowering in April. Probably the best deep pink 'Goddess' magnolia, forming a small to medium broad spreading tree. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on moist acid soils. This seedling was raised by George Johnstone, and given to Bishop Hunkin of Truro. Named after a hall of residence at the Cathedral School.
£34.95
Magnolia Coral Lake
Magnolia Coral Lake
Attractive coral pink flowers with yellow tints and slight green striping, like a modern tulip flower. March- April. A medium sized tree with a spreading habit. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils.
£29.95

Magnolia Daphne  AGM
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Magnolia Daphne AGM
NEW. One of the very best yellow flowered Magnolias. Deep yellow flowers in April and May after the worst frosts. It flowers at a young age, and is ideal for small gardens. A plant with upright habit, approx 2.5 metres in 10 years. A fantastic plant from Belgian Magnolia expert Philippe de Spoelberch. Best in acidic soils, but will tolerate neutral soils which have plenty of organic matter added.
Magnolia Daybreak  AGM
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Magnolia Daybreak AGM
Superb large scented blooms, deep pink on the outside, paler on the inside, flowering profusely in April and May. Strong growing columnar habit. Give shelter from cold winds. Height 2-4metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils. Raised by August Kehr at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and rated as one of his best magnolias. The original plant, registered in 1991, is 12 metres tall and only 2.5 metres...
£59.95

Magnolia Elizabeth  AGM
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Magnolia Elizabeth AGM
Fragrant cream to soft yellow flowers in late April/early May. The soft yellow flowers gradually fade to cream and the young unfurling leaves open to a dull reddish colour and turn to a dark green upper surface. An excellent deciduous cultivar which is very floriferous. Makes a broad spreading, vigorous small to medium sized tree. Magnolia acuminata was hybridised with M. denudata in 1956 at the Brooklyn...
£34.95
Magnolia Fairy Blush
Magnolia Fairy Blush
(H4) Raised by the New Zealand breeder Mark Jury (who also brought us Magnolia Black Tulip), this wonderful new magnolia produces an abundance of blush pink flowers along the length of its stems in spring. Unlike many of the other spring-flowering types, the foliage of this magnolia is mainly evergreen, although it may shed its leaves in colder winters. It makes a fine stand-alone specimen, especially...
£34.95

Magnolia Fairy Cream
Magnolia Fairy Cream
Raised by the New Zealand breeder Mark Jury (who also brought us Magnolia Black Tulip), this wonderful new magnolia produces an abundance of cream flowers along the length of its stems in spring. Unlike many of the other spring-flowering types, the foliage of this magnolia is mainly evergreen, although it may shed its leaves in colder winters. It makes a fine stand-alone specimen, especially in smaller...
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Magnolia Fairy White
Magnolia Fairy White
Raised by the New Zealand breeder Mark Jury (who also brought us Magnolia Black Tulip), this wonderful new magnolia produces an abundance of white flowers along the length of its stems in spring. Unlike many of the other spring-flowering types, the foliage of this magnolia is mainly evergreen, although it may shed its leaves in colder winters. It makes a fine stand-alone specimen, especially in smaller...
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Magnolia Galaxy  AGM
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Magnolia Galaxy AGM
Striking purple pink to red slightly scented flowers in mid to late spring make a stunning statement in the garden. This plant makes a wonderful small to medium sized deciduous tree, initially upright in habit, but maturing to a pyramidal shape. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£34.95
Magnolia Golden Pond
Magnolia Golden Pond
Large yellow tulip shaped flowers with narrow tepals, held upright on bare branches. Rich colour intensity during April-May. A fast growing large shrub or multi-stemmed tree. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. M. acuminata x M. denudata David Leach 1997.
£34.95

Magnolia Heaven Scent  AGM
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Magnolia Heaven Scent AGM
A magnificent small to medium sized deciduous tree, raised by Dr D Todd Gresham of Santa Cruz, California in 1955. Richly scented and free flowering pale pink tulip shaped flowers, getting darker towards the base, which open with horizontal tepals in April and May. A strong growing variety which prefers moist acid or neutral soils. Gresham started his Magnolia hybridisation programme in the mid 1950's...
£19.95
Magnolia Lois  AGM
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Magnolia Lois AGM
NEW. Considered by experts to be the best yellow Magnolia. Precocious clear yellow flowers with 8cm long tepals, flowering over a 4-5 week period from mid April. A small to medium sized deciduous tree of upright habit which is quick growing when young. Height 200-400cm in 10 years. Magnolia acuminata was hybridised with M. denudata in 1956 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Eva Maria Sperber which produced...
£34.95

Magnolia Norman Gould
Magnolia Norman Gould
Pure white cup shaped flowers with 8-9 tepals, with hint of pink at base in late March and April. Forms a vigorous multi-stemmed tree with prolific flowering from a young age. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. It tolerates neutral and alkaline soils, but grows best in moisture retentive soils with a good humus content. A polyploid selection of Magnolia kobus raised at RHS Wisley using colchinine treatment...
£29.95
Magnolia Pegasus AGM
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Magnolia Pegasus AGM
Pure white candle like flowers with delicate rays of pink-purple at the base. Flowering in April with 6 large upright tepals and 3 smaller outer tepals, with good frost tolerance. Cylindrical red fruiting cones in the autumn. A fast growing upright tree, possibly a hybrid between M. cylindrica and M. denudata, growing 2-4 metres high in 10 years, and then 15m at maturity. Please note this variety...
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Magnolia Red as Red
Magnolia Red as Red
(H5) What a wonderful addition to any Magnolia collectors garden, this plant has large goblet shaped reddish purple flowers which are held upright by sturdy stems. Like most Magnolias this one flowers in April and prefers full sun to partial shade, this being said some consideration needs to be given to late frosts and cold spring winds as magnolia flower buds can be damaged, so some shelter is advised....
£39.95
Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba Superba'
Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba Superba'
Large tulip shaped pure white flowers with a rose-purple basal blotch. April-May flowering. Tolerates neutral clay soils. Forms a large shrub with wide spreading stems. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on moist acid soils. Goblet shaped buds flushed with purple-red emerge into large, fragrant, pure white flowers on bare branches, Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Alba Superba’ forms a magnificent...
£36.95

Magnolia Spectrum  AGM
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Magnolia Spectrum AGM
Gorgeous rich pinkish red flowers which are lighter on the inside on a small to medium size deciduous tree, flowering from mid-April to late May. It has an upright habit when young, but develops into a broad pyramidal shape after 15-20 years. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£34.95
Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
A lovely plant with pure white, large, star-shaped scented flowers in March and April. A native of Japan where it is found in mountain woodland, it is a slow growing small tree or large shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Best in acid or neutral soil, in sun or part shade. Protect from late spring frosts when young, as these can kill every bud, and hence the plant.
£25.95

Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'  AGM
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Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star' AGM
A selected clone of pure white large, star-shaped scented flowers in March and April. A native of Japan where it is found in mountain woodland, it is a slow growing small deciduous tree or large shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Best in acid or neutral soil, in sun or part shade. Protect from late spring frosts when young. Known as the Star Magnolia, this plant is a seedling of Magnolia stellata...
£36.95
Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'  AGM
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Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily' AGM
A selected form of Magnolia stellata with large pure white star-shaped scented flowers March and April. A slow growing shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Protect from late spring frosts when young.
£34.95

Magnolia Susan  AGM
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Magnolia Susan AGM
The flowers are deep red-purple in bud, opening purple pink. Sweetly scented, and free flowering in late April. Compact growing, with a height and spread of 3 metres at maturity. Raised by Francis de Vos and William Kosar at the US National Arboretum in Washington in the mid 1960's, this is one of eight hybrids that they raised named after secretaries who worked at the arboretum or after wives and...
£34.95
Magnolia Tikitere
Magnolia Tikitere
A good late flowering pink variety, with a slowly spreading habit. It flowers well from a young age, with tough wind hardy flowers, deep pink on the outside, opening white on the inside. Later flowering than most pink varieties which avoids most frosts. Forms a strong growing robust rounded tree with thick stems and large leaves. A fine new variety from Ian Baldick, New Zealand, who crossed M. Apollo...
£34.95

Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna' AGM
A recently introduced late flowering plant with huge 15 to 20cm wide flat-shaped white fragrant flowers in April. An extremely beautiful and hardy loebneri hybrid. Densely branched deciduous upright habit growing 3.0m in 10 years. It will perform best in full sun. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits...
£34.95
Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill' AGM
Gorgeous white scented flowers (up to 15cm wide) in late March and early April. This deciduous plant forms a large, spreading shrub or small to medium tree. It will perform best in full sun and in any reasonable soil except waterlogged. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits resulted and this is a great...
£19.95

Magnolia x soulangeana
Magnolia x soulangeana
Large tulip shaped white flowers with a rose-purple stain at the base. April and early May flowering, before the leaves appear. One of the best and most popular Magnolias for general planting, and will tolerate neutral clay soils and atmospheric pollution, but no good on shallow chalk soils. Usually forms a large shrub with wide spreading branches. Originally raised by M. Soulange-Bodin, who...
£29.95
Magnolia x soulangeana 'San Jose'
Magnolia x soulangeana 'San Jose'
Fragrant rose pink tulip-shaped flowers, with white on the inside. Flowering in late April, it makes a large, broad spreading, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub or small tree. Magnolia x soulangeana is the best known of all the Magnolias with 'cup and saucer' shaped blooms. It was first introduced by Etienne Soulange-Bodin, a cavalry officer in Napoleon's army. In 1820 he crossed Magnolia denudata with...
£34.95

Magnolia Yellow Lantern  AGM
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Magnolia Yellow Lantern AGM
Beautiful tall tulip shaped pale lemon flowers on a fastigiate small tree. Precocious early flowering on young plants during April-May. This deciduous plant flowers before the foliage appears. We have this plant at the entrance to our garden and it always looks fantastic, and creates lots of interest. This hybrid was raised in 1985 by the renowned Phil Savage of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Savage has...
£34.95